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Graduate Catalog 2008-09

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Department of Library Science

Diane Kester, MLS Program Director


The master of library science program is designed for students seeking employment as librarians and information professionals in Pre K-12 schools, universities, community colleges, public libraries, and related settings. All students are eligible for NC Public Library Certification upon completion of the MLS degree requirements. The MLS requires a minimum of 39 s.h. of credit. Eight core courses (24 s.h.) are required of all students: LIBS 6010, 6012, 6014, 6018, 6026, 6031, 6042, and 6991 or 6992.

School library media (courses required for public school licensure): LIBS 6135, 6142 and 6144; one of the following educational core competency courses: EDUC 6001, ELEM 6550 or ADED 6550, SPED 6002; and one elective (3 s.h.) to be selected in consultation with an advisor. Additional pre requisites may be required for students seeking media coordinator licensure and lacking an initial teaching licensure.

Public library: LIBS 7050 and electives (12 s.h.) selected in consultation with an advisor.

Academic library: All electives are selected in consultation with an advisor to meet the career goals of the student.

Applicants holding a graduate degree in library science or education who are seeking school licensure are required to submit transcripts for evaluation. Upon review, a course of study will be determined to meet the competencies of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the American Association of School Librarians of the American Library Association working with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

North Carolina School Media Supervisor Licensure

Students seeking school media supervisor licensure must have three years of successful experience as a media coordinator and are required to take 18 s.h. above the master’s degree. Courses must include LIBS 7010, a course in educational curriculum development, and LIBS 7991.